Manda Packing Co. Meat Recall Over Listeria Concerns Expands to 13 States


Louisiana-based Manda Packing Co. issued a recall for over 450,000 pounds of meat distributed in 13 states over concerns of possible Listeria contamination. No infections have been reported.

Manda Packing Co., of Baker, La., began their recall on April 10 with 20,166 pounds of roast beef. Now the Manda recall includes roast beef, ham, ham shanks, turkey breast, tasso pork, hog headcheese, corned beef and pastrami. The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service posted the full list of products on this press release.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday the products might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The meat was produced between Feb. 27 and April 9 in Baker. The 41 different products all have different sell-by dates.

“These products may have been sliced at retail delis, and if so will not bear this packaging information,” the USDA statement said.

The products were distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Mssouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

"We are committed to work with USDA in reviewing and enhancing our food safety system so we can continue to ensure that our products are safe, wholesome and worthy of our brand name," Josh Yarborough, director of quality assurance for Manda, said in a statement Saturday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Listeria is a serious infection from contaminated food. Symptoms in non-pregnant people include fever, muscle aches, convulsions, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, and loss of balance. Pregnant women usually experience fever and other non-specified symptoms, and can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or life-threatening illness in the newborn.

Pregnant women, the elderly, newborns, and people with weakened immune systems are usually most adversely affected. The 2011 cantaloupe outbreak of Listeria killed 33.

Sources: Inquistr, Christian Science Monitor


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